ADHD Symptoms And Medications: Can They Cost You Your Job?

What is ADHD? It’s a disorder that renders the host focus-impaired, and sometimes it requires medical treatment assistance. Can these meds get a patient fired from his or her job? Turns out, it’s possible.

It’s important to note that ADHD isn’t an issue people simply fabricate. Although it is possible to fake it, those with actual symptoms don’t lack focus by choice or minimal willpower. According to Dr. Roberto Olivardia, ADHD patients have these particular difficulties due to neurological “wiring.” Their processes happen in a different type of way than those without attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, as reports Psych Central.

Since it’s a biological issue which deals with neurological processes, instantly effective ways of handling ADHD symptoms are through medications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in 2011, 3.5 million United States children were receiving medications for this particular disorder. And out of that number, 40 percent of those patients were receiving that type of medical treatment alone. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the CDC also says that the best method of treatment is behavioral therapy, rather than medication.

As it relates to this particular topic, the National Resource Center on ADHD reports that 10.2 percent of the children diagnosed with the disorder range between 15- to 17-years of age. By now, you might be asking yourself how this information is relevant to ADHD medication and it costing you your job.

According to WCPO – Cincinnati, there was a recent case where a 17-year-old teen lost his job due to the disorder’s medications. At the time of the incident, Noah Jacon-Duffy was a bagger at Kroger groceries. He had just been hired for a summer position, while he was simultaneously a student at Warren County Career Center.

During his in-processing, like most jobs, he was required to participate in a drug screen. After having his mouth swabbed, notes WCPO, the medical tester asked if Noah was on any type of medication. After responding truthfully, the teen was told that he should have nothing to worry about, as the ingredients from his meds didn’t have a likelihood of showing on the examination results.

The news medium claims that in two-and-a-half weeks, the teen was receiving his termination papers. Specifically, WCPO quotes as follows.

“Noah Jacon-Duffy says he lost his bagging job at Kroger because his ADHD medication registered as amphetamines in a drug screen.”

The National Library of Medicine states that amphetamines are both legal and illegal. In Noah’s case and usage, they are legal because they were prescribed by a doctor for treatment of ADHD symptoms. However, since these drugs came back on the screening, Kroger could have ruled them from an illegal-usage viewpoint.

Illegal types of this drug include, but are not limited to: methamphetamine (solid or liquid form), uppers, speed, louees, etc. Even when ADHD medicine is used for recreational purposes, it’s not legal.

When Noah’s mother spoke with the store’s manager about the situation, prior to his termination, she was assured that nothing like that would happen. Then, it did. However, his family fought for him and his case — and eventually — Kroger gave him his position back and refused to comment on the situation, saying that the company doesn’t discuss personal matters. Yet, Noah’s mother had a few comments of her own.

“I definitely would say that this information needs to be upfront prior to the drug screen, not weeks after they’ve been terminated. That’s not the way to go about it. This could have been prevented.

I was more than willing to give any and all information about his prescription medication prior to the drug screen, but it wasn’t anything that they wanted at the time.”

Likewise, she believes that her son was owed an apology for his perceived humiliation in the matter. ADHD medication findings or not, he was told something different than what actually happened.

You can view the video report here.

All in all, if you or your child is taking ADHD meds, it’s important to inform physicians or staffing personnel prior to any complications. Verbatim, the news medium states as follows.

“Many companies routinely test for drugs, so if you have questions about drug screens and medications you are taking, ask your doctor if they will show up on drug tests. If you have a drug test, you may want to let the tester know about your medications ahead of time.”

What are your thoughts about ADHD meds and their discrete ability to cost users their jobs? Do you know anyone that has been in a similar situation? Feel free to share your experiences in the comment section below.

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